Is Sirkowski Watch Libel?

celesprayer II, over at the Miss Dynamite Forum, has accused Sirkowski Watch of libel.

From NOLO:

An untruthful statement about a person, published in writing or through broadcast media, that injures the person’s reputation or standing in the community. Because libel is a tort (a civil wrong), the injured person can bring a lawsuit against the person who made the false statement. Libel is a form of defamation , as is slander (an untruthful statement that is spoken, but not published in writing or broadcast through the media).

The questions we must ask:

  • Are our statements here false?
  • Has Sirkowski’s standing or reputation been injured?

As this is an opinion site, dedicated to critiquing the political writings of Sirkowski, it’s clear that no charge of libel could be brought, just as no movie review, no matter how harsh or insulting, could ever be challenged as libel.  It wouldn’t make sense to make up statements by Sirkowski; what he writes is too hackneyed and forced to pass up.  Sirkowski himself is given to wild statements about the intelligence, predilections, and probable behavior of public figures; shouldn’t turn about be fair play?

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4 Responses to Is Sirkowski Watch Libel?

  1. Heather says:

    Opinion site my ass. You take whatever Sirkowski says out of context and then try to make an argument out of it. This is just a bitch site that isn’t worth a second glance by legal authorities. If you are so upset about Sirk banning you from commenting on his site then maybe you shouldn’t have acted like a total ass while you had the chance. He owns his site and he has every right to monitor who says what on his site, no matter how hard you try to think otherwise. Maybe you should just swallow your sour pride and actually focus on something important like your own reputation and whatever you call a life.

    And also, if you can’t stand his wit and brand of sarcasm then just don’t read what he says. It’s not like he is standing behind you and FORCING you to look at every little thing he says. Unlike you, he’s a man who doesn’t feed off of blowing things out of proportion.

  2. Heather 2 says:

    Heather my ass. You take whatever Sirkowski Watch says out of context and then try to make a tantrum out of it. You’re just a bitch that isn’t worth a second glance by legal authorities. If Sirkowski is so upset about Sirkowski Watch commenting on his site then maybe he shouldn’t have acted like a total ass while he had the chance. Sirkowski Watch owns his site and he has every right to monitor who says what on his site, no matter how hard you try to think otherwise, Heather. Maybe you should just swallow your sour pride and actually focus on something important like your own reputation and whatever you call a life.

    And also, if you can’t stand his work and reviews then just don’t read what he says. It’s not like he is standing behind you and FORCING you to look at every little thing he says in this blog. Unlike Sirkowski, he’s a man who doesn’t feed off of blowing things out of proportion.

    -Much better now :-D

  3. Hahaha… that was a nice turnaround.

    There are plenty of ‘X Watch’ blogs out there, with X being any given person. So I wouldn’t worry much about legal problems.

    Speaking as a person who doesn’t really know who you are Sirkowski is, though, why do you watch him anyway?

  4. …doesn’t really know who either you or Sirkowsi is,

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